India and New Zealand are all set to lock horns at the much-awaited ICC World Test Championship (WTC) Final. The two sides will be up against each other from June 18 to June 22 at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, England.
New Zealand are coming to this clash after a brilliant 1-0 series win against England in their home conditions. However, Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson had suffered a serious elbow injury during the inaugural match after which he was ruled out from the following game.
Meanwhile, Williamson has shared an update on his recovery prior to the WTC Final. The skipper mentioned that he’s doing a lot better now after taking an injection a few days back. He further asserted that other members of the squad are also fit, yet they haven’t finalised their playing XI for taking the field against India.
“Everybody is fit in the squad. My elbow has improved thanks to the injection a few days back. We haven’t finalised the squad yet, we will do that a little later,” Williamson told reporters on the eve of the summit clash in Southampton.
Williamson on NZ being number 1 Test team
Soon after the Blackcaps clinched the two-match series against England, they replaced India to become the number one ranked team in the ICC Test Rankings. Kane Williamson mentioned that rankings keep changing and they will be having a stiff challenge against a ‘very, very strong’ Indian team.
“The rankings keep changing but we know the challenge is very, very strong against this Indian team.
“There are a number of areas of competition — we know how strong the seam bowling attack is, the spinners and the batting is world-class. Similar for us too, it is exciting to be involved in this WTC final,” Williamson said.
The 30-year-old also looked fine with the WTC Final being a one-match affair, unlike several cricket experts and fans who wanted to see a best-of-three final encounter.
“Most Test series are more than one (match). Both teams played at a neutral venue. It is exciting. It is a one-off,” Williamson said.